XAT Exam Details for all the aspirants

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is a national level management entrance exam conducted every year. Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur is the XAT exam conducting body on behalf of XAMI. The exam helps candidates get admission to management courses in more than 150 management colleges and B-schools. In 2018, around 90,000 students appeared for XAT and the number is expected to increase this year. Candidates who wish to complete their MBA degree from XLRI or other 150 colleges that accept XAT score appear for the exam. If you are also a XAT aspirant, you should be aware of the exam schedule and exam pattern. Continue reading the article to check important dates and exam pattern of XAT 2019.

XAT 2019 Important Dates

Every event from the release of the information bulletin to application filling process, the release of admit cards, exam dates and announcement of the result, makes a lot of difference in the journey of a student. Missing even a single date can result in rejection of your candidature for the exam. Check XAT schedule for 2019 in the table below and mark all the important dates in your calendar.

Events Dates
Notification Announcement August 14, 2018
Application commencement August 20, 2018 (commenced)
Last date of application November 30, 2018
Last date to fill application form with late fee December 9, 2018
Release of Admit Card December 20, 2018
XAT 2019 Exam Dates Sunday, January 6, 2019
Answer Key Release Date Second week of January 2019
XAT 2019 Result Announcement January 31, 2019


XAT 2019 Exam Pattern

Understanding the exam pattern is the first step in the XAT preparation process as it allows the students to plan their preparation in an organized way. Based on the exam pattern, students decide their preparation plan, decide the time for different subjects to cover the syllabus, choose the mock tests and make techniques to attempt the tests. Further, with a few changes in the exam pattern for 2019 exam, it has got essential for the students to be aware of it. Find below the details about the exam pattern of XAT 2019.

Changes in XAT 2019 exam pattern:

  •    XAT exam pattern has been revised in terms of the total time allotted to solve the questions, sections, and type of questions. In XAT 2019, candidates will get 3 hours instead of 3 hours and 35 minutes to answer the questions.
  •    As per the revised exam pattern, essay writing section will not be the part of XAT 2019.

XAT 2019 and 2018 Exam Pattern at a Glance

XAT exam year XAT 2019       XAT 2018
Test duration 3 Hours 3 Hours 35 Minutes
Number of sections 4 5
Subjective Answer Type Questions No Yes
Changed Section Removed: Essay Writing     Essay writing existed


Overall XAT Exam Pattern 2019

The format of the exam:

XAT will be conducted in an online format where candidates will be required to solve the questions on computer systems assigned to them in the examination hall. Students will also get rough sheets for calculations and other rough work.


This MBA entrance exam will have four sections: Decision Making, Verbal & Logical Ability, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, and General Knowledge.

Total questions in each section:

  •    Decision Making - 22
  •    Verbal & Logical Ability - 26
  •    Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation - 27
  •    General Knowledge- 25

Marking scheme:

XAT marking scheme is a bit different from other competitive exams. In addition to the negative marking for wrong attempts, there is negative marking for unattempted questions beyond a certain number. For the last two years, the number of negative marking for unattempted questions was 12, which might change this year. However, there is no negative marking for the General Knowledge section.

XAT 2019 Marking System:

  • Right answer – 1 mark each
  • Wrong answer – ¼ negative marks
  • Unattempted questions – Penalty of 0.05 marks per question if the maximum of 12 questions left unattempted

XAT Preparation

As you can see, in XAT there is negative marking for both wrong and unattempted questions, you need to work on both your accuracy and speed. Ensure that you cover complete syllabus without focusing just on the important topics. As far as mock tests are concerned, look for a site that follows the similar marking system as of XAT 2019. It will not only help you assess and improve your exam preparation but also develop techniques to perform well in the final exam.

Eduwhere is one of the online platforms to solve XAT mock tests. Here you not just get the tests based on the latest exam pattern but also get solutions by expert teachers based on which you can improve your preparation plan.

Wish you all the best for your preparation and success!